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Insegna de Poeti.

Insignia of Poets.


Chi per insegna di sua gente pone
L’uccel, che rapž in Ida Ganimede.
Chi prende il fiero Serpe, e chi’l Leone,
E chi Animal, che piý leggiadro vede,
Al Poeta lodato con ragione
E a i dotti e rari il Cigno si conviene,
Ch’Ť; sacro a Phebo, e giŗ fu Re, & anchora.
Serba gliantichi progi, ond’altri honora.


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INSIGNIA POETARUM.

Insignia of poets

Emblema 182.

Gentiles clypeos sunt qui in Iovis alite gestant,
Sunt quibus aut serpens, aut leo signa ferunt:
Dira sed haec vatum fugiant animalia ceras,
Doctaque sustineat stemmata pulcher olor.
Hic Phaebo sacer[1], & nostrae regionis Alumnus:
Rex olim[2], veteres servat adhuc titulos.

Some have a family crest distinguished by the bird of Jove, for others the serpent or the lion provides the sign. But let these dread beasts flee from poets’ images; let the lovely swan support their learned clan. This bird is sacred to Phoebus and is a nursling of my homeland. A king once, it still preserves its ancient titles.

Notes:

1.‘sacred to Phoebus’, i.e. to the god of music and poetry (Apollo).

2.‘a king once’. See Ovid, Metamorphoses 2.367ff. for the story of Cycnus, king of Liguria, turned into a swan and inhabiting the marshes and lakes of the plain of the Po (Alciato’s homeland).


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